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Stay Classy, D.C.: Hotel Offers Special 'Anchorman' Package

Stay Classy, D.C.: Hotel Offers Special 'Anchorman' Package

The Helix celebrates Newseum exhibit on first film

The Helix hotel in Washington, D.C, offers special “Anchorman” package.

Fans of Anchorman who are traveling to Washington, D.C. will have a chance to "stay classy" at Logan Circle’s Hotel Helix. The hotel is hosting a special package that coincides with a Newseum exhibit about the first film of the series.

This package includes two glasses of Ron Burgundy’s libation of choice, "scotchy, scotch, scotch" from the Helix’s Lounge. The bar will be pouring two servings of The Glenlivet 12, the same brand Burgundy orders in the first movie at the jazz lounge, minus "a little pepper and some cheese."

The package, which starts at the price of $139 per night, also includes two tickets to the Newseum’s "Anchorman: The Exhibit," featuring costumes worn by the Channel 4 Evening News team and original props from the movie like Burgundy's jazz flute. It opens on Nov. 14. At the hotel, you’ll also find a felt moustache and comb as welcome amenities to keep your hairdos camera-ready. Guest with Baxter’s of their own can even bring their pets along, as the Helix is pet-friendly.

Reservations for "Stay Classy, D.C." begin on Nov. 14 and end in August of 2014. The package is based on availability.

Teresa Tobat is the Washington, D.C. Travel city editor for The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @ttobat88. View her website at teresaktobat.com.


“Smoast” about your travels with these classic photo tricks

“Smoast” (meaning, to boast on social media) about your travel adventures with these classic optical illusions.

Pictures of famous buildings, beautifully prepared meals and ‘Hey, look everyone’s having a blast’ bar scenes are nice and everything. But they’re not exactly – how shall we say it – the most riveting photos for your friends to see on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Harness perspective, reflection and timing (often with a big slice of luck) in your photography, however, and you’ll be well on your way to grabbing your friends’ attention.

Our featured image is by photophilde and was taken in Étretat, Haute-Normandie, France.

“Smoast” (meaning, to boast on social media) about your adventures with these classic optical illusions.

Get to grips with landmarks

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

Leaning Tower of Pisa – Pisa, Italy

Space Needle – Seattle, USA

Great Sphinx of Giza – Giza, Egypt

Kiama Light – Kiama, New South Wales, Australia

San Francisco streets – California, United States

Keep things on a level on a salt flat

Don’t let the sun go down on you

Kurumgad Island – Karnataka, India

Fort McNair – Washington, D.C., United States

Rainbow – Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, United States

Postcard – Maitland, New South Wales, Australia

Hot air balloons – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico, United States

Wine glass – Lynfred Winery, Roselle, Illinois, United States

Krishna’s Butterball – Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

Space Shuttle – Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States

With a little help from your friends

In your hands – Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Hand of god – Middletown, Delaware, United States

Bring statues to life

Union Point Park – Oakland, California, United States

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Blend into 3D street art worlds

Edgar Mueller’s ‘Lava Burst’ – Geldern, Germany

‘Snappit’ – Liverpool, England

Capture a reflection, chop out the real subject, and then rotate for good measure

Denver Botanical Gardens – Denver, Colorado, United States

Sarawak State Library – Sarawak, Malaysia

Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy

In the eye of the beholder – sights mirrored in sunglasses lenses

Empire State Building – New York City, United States

Sagrada Família – Barcelona, Spain

Angkor Wat – Angkor, Cambodia


CardGear is a Wallet for Digital Nomads

For keen photographers and videographers, it can be a challenge keeping material safe and organized on the road. Storage cards tend to be small and easily lost, prone to falling out of pockets or slipping out of bags. There is nothing worse than losing your memories of a trip, so keeping your memory cards organized should be a priority.

This is where CardGear comes in. With slots for SD cards, microSD cards and SIM cards, CardGear is the ultimate storage solution for your travels.

Simply slot your cards into individual sheaths when they’re not in use, keeping them safe from scratches and easy to find when you need them. No more fishing around in your wallet to find that long-lost SD card.

The best bit about CardGear is it’s the same shape as a credit card, and not much thicker. As such it fits into one of the card slots in your wallet and doesn’t require a special place of its own.

Either keep it in your wallet or in your camera bag for easy access and peace of mind. It’s the kind of thing that should have been invented years ago.

One CardGear sold for $5 plus shipping as part of a successful Kickstarter campaign. The company aims to ship all pledges by June 2017.


The tourism hotspot was ranked the No. 7 destination in America during TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards, ahead of prime destinations such as Seattle, Washington D.C. and Orlando and just behind Los Angeles.

Yes, San Diego was indeed the site of “Anchorman,” but Ron Burgundy didn't invite San Diego to "be" classy. He told the city to "stay" classy. And that's why we're bringing you the latest roundup of events, activities and excitement that are keeping San Diego classy.

If you haven’t been to San Diego yet or want to visit there again, here is your guide for the coming months.

Attractions

The world-famous San Diego Zoo now offers a new tour called “Early Morning with Pandas,” which allows visitors to visit the giant panda viewing area two hours before it officially opens for the day.

Visitors will get a chance to see Xiao Liwu Bai Yun and Gao Gao, enjoy breakfast at the zoo and receive a tour around the complex in a VIP cart while enjoying sights of animals up close.

“Early Morning with Pandas” is not included with admission and is available Thursday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Love beer? Love San Diego? Then San Diego Beer Week is for you. The 10-day extravaganza from Nov. 7-16 celebrates San Diego’s local craft beer while serving as a showcase of San Diego’s breweries, restaurants and pubs. It starts off with the Brewers Guild Festival and finishes with the Chef Celebration of San Diego Beer, a gourmet beer and food-pairing event.

ART SAN DIEGO will also return for its sixth year on Nov. 6 at world-renowned Balboa Park. Running until Nov. 9, the art showcase features more than 60 galleries from the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Asia, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, videos and cutting-edge multimedia artworks.

This year, ART SAN DIEGO will host ArtSpot International Art Fair, a stand-alone event that will feature contemporary galleries with a Latin American emphasis. Balboa Park was named the No. 7 park in America in TripAdvisor’s Traveler's Choice Attractions Awards in June.

Want to enjoy the beautiful San Diego Bay?

Then you might want to check out the new Patriot tour via Flagship Cruises.

The high-speed, 30-minute ride winds its way past the Coronado Bridge and around the Bay. The Patriot boasts two turbo-charged engines, each more than 1,400 horsepower. During the ride, 139 passengers will be thrilled by 360-degree hairpin turns. Of course, there will still be spots to simply sit and admire San Diego’s sparkling waters and sandy beaches.

Hotel Renovations

The Bay Club Hotel & Marina, located on Shelter Island Dr. across from Shoreline Park, is set to complete a $1.2 million makeover. All the rooms will be remodeled to match the hotel's nautical theme. On top of that, the lobby, the hotel bar, the meeting and banquet areas, and the dining areas have all been upgraded. The hotel bar looks out on the water. A video can be found on the Bay Club Hotel's Facebook page.

Lane Field will unveil a dual-branded hotel in December 2015. The $130 million project will include a 253-room Springhill Suites and a 147-room Residence Inn, both courtesy of Marriott. Each hotel will have its own distinct lobby, but they will share a common elevator.

The development will feature approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space and above-ground parking for more than 400 vehicles. A 1.6-acre park will be also added to the San Diego Bay waterfront as part of the development.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Bijou French Bistro, which opened in June in scenic La Jolla, boasts an impressive culinary team. Award-winning chef William Bradley—the executive chef of the Five-Star, Five Diamond Addison at The Grand Del Mar—serves as culinary director. Shaun Gethin, former sous chef of Addison, takes charge as chef de cuisine.

The bistro has a casual and classic European style to it. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant includes a new wine bar, a main dining room and private dining room, a wine cellar room and a bar lounge. Bijou French Bistro serves French bistro fare for lunch and dinner daily.

A new nightlife hotspot is gearing up to open in the historic and vibrant Gaslamp Quarter this summer, too. It’s called AD, and it will feature the latest music, a variety of craft cocktails, bottle service and small bites. The 4,000-square-foot space will be available for private events while doubling as a restaurant during the daytime.

Visual Arts and Museums

From Sept. 13, 2014, to Jan. 4, 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will premiere the largest traveling, full-career retrospective exhibition of “Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting.” The exhibition will boast 60 canvases. That includes close to one dozen works from each of the past five decades, from the 1960s to present day.

Whitten is perhaps best known for his collages combining paint tiles with canvas. The display will be accompanied by a richly illustrated publication, including a lead essay by artist and critic Robb Storr and new scholarly essays by exhibition curator Kathryn Kanjo.

The San Diego Natural History Museum will feature three major exhibitions during Balboa Park’s 2015 Centennial Celebration. From Oct. 11, 2014, to April 26, 2015, the museum will spotlight “The Discovery of King Tut” exhibition, which recreates Howard Carter’s historic finding of the lost tomb of Tutankhamun through more than 1,000 reproductions of the treasures unveiled inside the tomb.

“Coast to Cactus in Southern California” will debut on Jan. 17, 2015, an 8,000-square-foot permanent exhibition that will allow visitors to explore the unique habitats of the area. “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” will also run from June 12, 2015, to Jan. 3, 2016. The exhibit will reveal the captivating social, natural and spiritual realms of the ancient Mayan culture through the eyes of powerful kings and queens, as well as lesser-known individuals who proved to be mighty influential to the culture’s society.

San Diego was recently ranked fourth in the U.S. by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for concentration of museums, just behind New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. According to the Institute, San Diego County has 248 museums, including art museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical gardens and more.

Performing Arts

The Jean Issacs San Diego Dance Theater and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will present the 16th Annual Trolley Dances from Sept. 27-28 and from Oct. 4-5. At designated stops of the MTS Trolley lines, talented dancers will perform site-specific dances. Tickets to the experience include a free all-day Trolley Pass with advance purchase.

Beginning Sep. 13, 2014, The Old Globe will continue its 2014-2015 season with the world premiere of “Bright Star,” a new American musical with music by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin. On May 21, Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman makes her San Diego directing debut with an enchanting theatrical spectacle, “The White Snake.”

Other plays featured at the Old Globe in spring 2015 include: Jonathan Tolins's Off-Broadway hit “Buyer & Cellar,” “Twenty-Seventh Man,” “The Royale,” “Murder for Two” and “Arms and the Man.” The 17th annual production of Dr. Seuss' “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” will kick off on Nov. 15, 2014.


Bainbridge Island

A ride on a Washington State Ferry is a unique escape unto itself. Add an overnight or two on Bainbridge Island and your family will feel like they're worlds away--after just one thirty-five minute ferry crossing. Bainbridge has wonderful parks, views and inlets to explore. Picnic at Fay Bainbridge park the pirate ship playground goes well with the water views. Bloedel Reserve is a peaceful place of solace and natural beauty. Take your group on the slow, easy one-hour walk through this serene garden, where you'll spot the former home of the Bloedels, straight from a fairy tale, and the gorgeously groomed Japanese Garden. Reservations are required. While on Bainbridge, visit book and record stores like Eagle Harbor Book Co. and Backstreet Beat as well as specialty stores like Dana's Showhouse and the popular Calico Toy Shoppe. Wind down at Eagle Harbor Wine Co. at their winery (tastings available by appointment) or hop over to Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse. Winslow Way is a smorgasbord of indie shops, so pop in and support local.

Stay at The Marshall Suites, named after the juicy Marshall strawberries that used to cover the island. It's perfectly placed near chic, walkable Winslow Way. The large, comfy suites are family-ready and the Family Stay and Play Package is wow-worthy with maps to local playgrounds, plus a KiDiMu Explore Bainbridge STEM box. As always, guests get 10% off at partner restaurants including the kiddo-tested Plate & Pint directly across the road.


35 Totally Classy Last-Minute Hostess Gifts

These days it seems like you need to be making your own charcuterie and canning your own home-grown vegetables to even be somebody. For people who are busy (especially women who are balancing careers with kids), or who have long commutes, or who have no money for craft supplies (upcycling garbage takes a staggering amount of new supplies), the hostess gift in the age of the DIY blogosphere can pose a challenge.

Most people don't really want your hand-crafted tschotchkes. I know, I know. it's an unpopular thing to say. Well then, let me rephrase that: I would not want your hand-crafted tschotchkes. I have nowhere to put them. I live in an apartment, and I hate clutter. If someone would give me a nicknack that she made herself, it would probably end up in the "free stuff" pile in the hallway of my building. Unless an object is inherently useful, or edible, it really could end up in the free box on the sidewalk. Save the effort of making a snow globe out of a jar, and bring one of these always-welcome hostess gifts to the next dinner party you attend. All of these hostess gifts can be purchased at the last minute, in between work and the party.

1. Pie: Pie is delicious and unless someone is allergic to the ingredients, even a store-bought pie is a nice gift to a hostess. Even if the hostess is on a diet and won't eat the pie, her guests or husband will probably eat it.

2. Cookies: If there is a dynamite bakery near your office, a box of scrumptious cookies will never go unloved.

3. High quality nuts: Little nibbles that can either be served immediately or stashed away for the future are always appropriate as a hostess gift. Nobody ever thinks to bring pistachios to a dinner party, but let me tell you, nobody without a nut allergy would pass up some good pistachios. Containers of chocolate covered nuts, shelled and unshelled nuts, and flavored nuts are a fantastic hostess gift, especially when presented in abundance.

4. Flavored seltzers: While wine is the standard hostess gift (and for good reason), exotic sodas or flavored seltzers are always a nice surprise. They are especially great when you know that the host or hostess will be staying sober for the evening.

5. Dried fruit: Would you be insulted if a guest brought you a selection of succulent dates and dried figs? How about juicy dried apricots? Exactly. You'd be happy, and that's why dried fruit makes a nice hostess gift.

6. Designer paper napkins: A package or two of high end paper napkins is lovely. Maybe it's a bit old fashioned, but they're easy to tuck into a drawer and are inherently useful.

7. A box of blank notes: Note cards, again, are old fashioned, but they are definitely useful. They're also an item that someone would appreciate using, but might not think to purchase for herself.

8. A potted plant: Small potted plants are a long-lasting alternative to cut flowers, which are also a perfectly acceptable hostess gift. The advantage of a small potted plant is that it will last a while. Bonus points for edible plants, like rosemary or basil.

9. Artisan grains: A package or two of fancy, expensive grains (like black rice or tri-color quinoa) is a bit crunchy, but original and usually welcome as a hostess gift, especially if you know that the host or hostess is on a health kick.

10. A good vegetable peeler: Sharp Y-shaped vegetable peelers are one of those kitchen gadgets that you can never have enough of. A great vegetable peeler with a big ribbon on it is a very nice hostess gift, but only if the hostess loves to cook. If the hostess orders in every night, I'd recommend choosing another gift lest the vegetable peeler be interpreted as a hint that she should improve her cooking skills.

11. An assortment of great pens: Say you work near a Staples, and that's about the only place you can stop to buy the hostess gift. That works in your favor, because I don't know anyone who would not appreciate brand new Sharpie markers or roller-ball pens. Tie them up with ribbon, and you're in business.

12. Mason jars: They have a million and one uses, and your hostess will appreciate them. Just make sure that you don't turn them into crafts before you get to the party.

13: A stainless steel water bottle: If your hostess is into working out, she'll appreciate having an extra high-end water bottle around, especially the size that fits into those Spinning bikes.

14. Beautiful produce: Did the corn look amazing at the market? Is it strawberry season? Some especially high-quality seasonal produce is an appropriate hostess gift.

15. High quality store bought pickles: I am not talking here about run-of-the-mill pickles. I am talking about bringing a few jars of artisan pickles. If you know that your host or hostess loves half sour pickles, then by all means stop at a deli that has scrumptious pickles and bring a container of them as a hostess gift.

16. Dog treats: Of course, this is only appropriate when the hostess has a dog. Otherwise it is a bit of a dig, isn't it?

17. An empty photo album: Much like blank note cards, the empty photo album in a classic design is probably something your hostess wouldn't buy for herself, but that she would enjoy using.

18. Paper hand towels: These are the big napkins that fancy people sometimes put in their bathroom for guests to use. Try to bring them in a shade that matches the host's bathroom.

19. A cutting board: A small cheese board or inexpensive-but-nice bamboo cutting board make fine hostess gifts. They're useful, and easy for the hostess to regift if she don't have room for them in her kitchen.

20. A great book: Have you read a book recently that you just couldn't put down? Bring a copy of it to the hostess.

21. A loaf of great bread: As long as the hostess eats gluten, a tasty baguette or a loaf of wood-oven-baked sourdough is usually a welcome hostess gift.

22. A cocktail recipe book: While many people have great collections of cookbooks, there are fewer people who have great collections of cocktail recipe books. A cocktail recipe book is a fun and whimsical hostess gift.

23. Unscented candles: Scented candles are a matter of taste, and they set off some people's allergies. Unscented candles, especially tapers, make excellent hostess gifts.

24. A bottle of nice olive oil: A nice bottle of extra virgin olive oil presented as a hostess gift says, "I have my act together, but I'm still unique, and so are you." The great part is that good EVOO is pretty widely available even in supermarkets.

25. Gourmet coffee beans: Of course, this works as a hostess gift if you know that your hostess drinks coffee. If you have a favorite coffee roaster near your job, swing by and pick up a bag of beans for the hostess after work. Avoid flavored coffee beans stick to basic roasts.

26. Old fashioned candy: Candy like Jordan almonds and mint chocolate lentils can seem a bit ho-hum, but you can't go wrong with them as a hostess gift.

27. Flavored alcohol: Depending on the preferences of the host and hostess, a bottle of something like Limoncello, very peaty single malt whiskey, or flavored vodka could be a special and welcome gift. This is an alternative to wine, and a way to regift unopened bottle of flavored alcohol that others have gifted to you. However, if someone gives you a bottle of liquor that looks so revolting that you can only envision yourself gagging on it, go ahead and clean your toilet with it.

28. A food related to the host's ethnicity: This requires some cultural knowledge, as such gifts could be construed as racist or just dumb if done improperly. This only works if the treats that you bring are totally authentic, ubiquitous and considered to be delicious in the host's country of origin, and if you present them totally nonchalantly.

29. Tea towels: Neutral-colored tea towels are a cute hostess gift, as are potholders.

30. A unique bottle opener: A well-crafted bottle opener is a great gift for the person who has everything, due to the fact that bottle openers have a weird way of disappearing mid-party.

31. Whimsical disposable cocktail accessories: Things like paper straws, chocolate straws, cocktail umbrellas, or a package of cute disposable cups are fun hostess gifts.

32. A whole pineapple: Pineapples are symbols of welcoming in New England, where golden pineapple plaques adorn many a front door. Since pineapples are exotic and on the expensive side in much of the United States, a whole pineapple is definitely worthy of being a hostess gift.

33. A jar of gourmet jam: Locally-made preserves are fair game as hostess gifts. They're especially nice when presented with muffins from a favorite bakery.

34. High end sea salt: Once again, you might be able to purchase nice sea salt in a well-stocked supermarket or health food store. Grey sea salt from Guarande is particularly tasty, and is available in most health food stores.

35. Good cheese: Most well-stocked supermarkets offer a selection of good cheeses. Maybe they don't have the selection found in fancy cheese shops, but coming to a dinner party bearing some aged cheddar, goat cheese, or some fresh mozzarella is rarely a faux pas, and they're pretty easy to find in major cities.

Do you have go-to hostess gifts? Share the love in the comments.

Chaya Kurtz writes about everything garden and home related for Networx, including plumbers in Cleveland and HVAC contractors.


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Destination Wedding Hot Spots

Destination weddings aren't just for those lovebirds looking for a quiet elopement and an escape from the wedding mania that comes with a crowded roster of guests and to-do lists. Bring the whole wedding party with you or just a few of your nearest and dearest for a festive and painless destination wedding where you simply need to show up.

Bermuda
Bermuda attracts blushing brides with its mild weather, great beaches and lovely resorts. It's also a great option for East Coasters as quick direct flights make for limited travel time. As for location, you may opt for a classic church wedding or an outside ceremony on the beach, cliffs or a vibrant stretch of lawn outside of one of the area's tony hotels. Popular wedding spots include the Gibb's Hill Lighthouse, the beachfront park at Astwood Cove or the curved swath of pink sands ringed with limestone cliffs at Horseshoe Bay Beach. Celebrate the reception at Elbow Beach in a ballroom or on the private beach where your guests can dance under the stars and munch on tuna tataki and pork belly skewers while sipping rum swizzles and dark and stormys. Pose for a picture under a curved stone Moon Gate, a curved architectural structure said to bring good luck to newlyweds as they step through the gate.

Requirements: There are no residency requirements and minimum paperwork simply complete the Notice of Intended Marriage, and send it with a check for the fee to Bermuda's Registrar General's Office for a wedding license that is good for 3 months. Bring along 2 witnesses to make things official.

Las Vegas
Las Vegas is often the punch line in destination-wedding jokes revolving around drive-thru chapels, hasty nuptials after a late night of partying in the casinos and an Elvis impersonator presiding over the ceremony. But there's another side to Las Vegas destination weddings, with classy affairs characterized by 5-star dining and glamorous reception settings. The Bellagio is the jackpot for unique Vegas nuptials with unlimited choices to personalize your event. The hotel has 2 wedding chapels on-site with refined touches like hand-blown Italian glass chandeliers and amethyst glass windows with stained glass. Take the ceremony outdoors overlooking the Lago Di Como and kick off married life with an eruption of water from the dazzling fountains. With live broadcasting of the affair for an additional fee, guests at home can observe the fun proving that what happens in Vegas doesn't always need to stay there. After vows are exchanged, there are sprawling ballrooms up to 45,000 square feet or smaller spots for more intimate affairs. You can add customized floral arrangements and horticultural masterpieces and coordinate a menu fit for a foodie.

Requirements: Vegas is a popular spot for quick weddings with good reason: there's no waiting period or blood test requirements, and only a small fee required if you're over age 18 and have the paperwork to prove it.

Jamaica
Jamaica has plenty of all-inclusive resorts that make tying the knot simple and inexpensive for guests traveling from afar. And if you plan a wedding in the off-season, between May and November, you can save even more on accommodations and extend that honeymoon for a few days. Embrace Jamaica's laid-back vibe, and have a casual wedding with island flair: a steel-drum band, grilled foods and plenty of rum punch. The Caves offers intimate ceremonies in the limestone caves or overlooking the ocean at the small and hip resort while Sandals has partnered with wedding guru Martha Stewart for classy affairs by the sea at their couples-only all-inclusive resorts around the island.

Requirements: You don't need to be a resident of Jamaica to get married here, but you do need to apply for a license ahead of time through the Ministry of Justice. With the proper IDs and marriage license, you can be married 24 hours after you arrive in the country.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The appropriately named Playa del Amor--Lovers' Beach--is a romantic seaside option in Cabo San Lucas where you can get hitched overlooking the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula. If you prefer to keep all of the wedding festivities contained in one spot, work with the wedding planners at Esperanza Resort for an unforgettable oceanfront wedding. Start your day at the spa with some pampering before exchanging vows by the sea. If you're hoping for an intimate affair with just your sweetheart, enjoy a customized dinner for 2 on the beach and splurge on a mariachi band or even fireworks to mark the occasion. For an affair with Hollywood glamour, plan a sunset ceremony at Las Ventanas followed by a Mexican beachside BBQ and bonfire.

Requirements: While there's no residency requirement, you'll need to bring your passport and take blood tests in Mexico 2 business days before the wedding. You'll also need 4 witnesses, though most of the resorts are happy to provide these if you're traveling only as a pair.

Walt Disney World
Push the fairytale wedding dream to the extreme at Walt Disney World with a ceremony and reception fit for a princess. Brides may arrive at the festivities in Cinderella's glass pumpkin-shaped coach and married couples can make a splash with canon blasts of confetti over guests, private fireworks or a visit from Mickey and Minnie. While you can stick with the classic beachfront or ballroom ceremony, the theme parks also offer quirky options. Enjoy an impromptu trip around the world at the Animal Kingdom Lodge or Epcot with a reception at a restaurant in far-flung destinations including France, China and Italy. Infuse the reception with rock-star charisma with a party outside of the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, or channel your inner diva and work with a celebrity wedding planner for an elaborate affair with the Couture Collection. And if you want to take the whole thing out to sea, that's possible, too, with a wedding at sea aboard the Disney cruise ships. Guests can enjoy discounted rooms and admission to the theme parks.


Requirements: The couple must apply for a Florida marriage license in person with IDs and a social security card. While there is a waiting period for local residents, non-Florida residents have no waiting period before they can marry in the state.


Unusual UK-Wide Hen Weekend Ideas

Some hen weekend ideas are just so good that they can be done the whole country over. Peruse some options that are sure to work wherever you are&hellip

42. At-Home Booze Tasting Experience

Grab some flutes and glasses and enjoy a two-hour tasting led by a Waitrose drinks specialist. Drinks will be delivered direct to your door beforehand and you can choose from a &lsquogin o&rsquoclock&rsquo evening, a &lsquococktails at home&rsquo class or a &lsquosimply wine&rsquo session. The expert leading your unique session will also recommend snacks to go with your drinks beforehand so you can fill your basket in advance.

43. Secret Yoga Club Retreat

If you&rsquore in the market for an injection of instant calm, take your hens on a yoga retreat for a weekend that&rsquos sure to restore everyone&rsquos inner zen.

The Secret Yoga Club runs a range of retreats up and down the country throughout the year, hosted by some of the world&rsquos best yoga teachers. You&rsquoll be perfecting your poses in some of the most tranquil locations that the British countryside has to offer &ndash you&rsquod be hard pushed to find a more peaceful group holiday.

If a whole weekend of yoga sounds a little too much for you, the Secret Yoga Club also offers shorter classes at a variety of locations, so you can tie one in with a fun packed weekend of other activities. Soho Farmhouse would be our first choice.

44. Hiking Hen Party

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Be even more at one with nature by hosting a hiking hen party. Get away to a gorgeous hotel in the British countryside and use it as a base for your day of walking. It&rsquoll be a refreshing and unique change from the usual hen weekend.

Once you return, all fresh faced and rosy, arrange for a cosy dinner and cocktails as the perfect end to your day.

Our pick of mini-moon hotels in the UK would double up as a great guide to inspire your weekend of walking.

45. Go White Water Rafting

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If your bride&rsquos a bit more of a daredevil, get fast and furious with a white water rafting hen party. Into The Blue arranges a wide range of white water rafting packages up and down the country which are both great value for money and all include a substantial amount of time on the water.

46. Take a Bow

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More adrenaline fueled activities, this time in the form of a more focused but no less exciting archery lesson. Choose from several UK locations and book some luxe hen accommodation alongside your archery through The Sophisticated Hen.

If you&rsquore still struggling with organising a hen do, we feel you! Our 15 emotional stages of planning a hen party will speak to you and if nothing else, laughter is always a great stress reliever.


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